BOC announces Jim Newberry Award for Extraordinary Service

The Board of Certification/Accreditation has announced the establishment of the Jim Newberry Award for Extraordinary Service, according to a press release.

The award is named after James “Jim” Newberry Jr., BOCP, BOCO, BOCPD, a Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) board member, who died in 2016. The award will recognize those who perform service to the BOC and its stakeholders.

“Jim was completely devoted to BOC and to the O&P profession,” Lynne Newberry, Jim’s wife, said in a press release. “He cared so deeply about helping others and wanted nothing more than to make a positive difference in this world. Jim would have been so pleased that this award is named in his honor.”

According to the release, winners could include, but are not limited to, current or former BOC board members, test development volunteers, vendors, business partners, certificants, personnel from BOC-accredited facilities, consultants and staff members. Winners will be invited to be BOC board guests at a board meeting or another appropriate event to receive the award. Travel, lodging and meal expenses will be covered by BOC, the release noted. In addition, BOC will recognize winners in a news release and other promotional materials, including signage at BOC headquarters. Each honoree also will receive a special commemorative plaque.  

“All of us at BOC recognize the legacy Jim left behind and we hope this award encourages others to make similar contributions to BOC and the professional communities we serve,” Claudia Zacharias, MBA, CAE, BOC president and chief executive officer, said in the release.

BOC is accepting nominations for the award and will consider nominees on an ongoing basis, according to the release. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit 


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